News & Events
Media Takes Notice of Ratio Christi's "De-Recognition" at San Jose State
On December 4, 2014, we posted an article about how our chapter at San Jose State University has been "de-recognized" on campus because of our Christian principles. De-recognition means the Ratio Christi chapter would not be able to meet on campus, hold events or host tables on campus, get student funding or participate in student organization fairs, ceremonies, or training. Because Ratio Christi requires that chapter officers adhere to the Christian faith and biblical beliefs, the university considers us as "discriminatory." Some media outlets are sitting up and taking notice. Since then, our article has been cited and quoted with the addition of commentary by various outlet contributors at The Christian Post, The Global Dispatch, Free Republic, and various other online publications and blogs. We are grateful for all the coverage of this issue. As the article states, we are having legal counsel examine our options for action.
RC's President interviewed on Family Life Radio
RC's President Rick Schenker was interviewed on Family Life Radio's program "Inside Out" with "A Faith That Sticks" – posted Nov. 18, 2014. He explores with host Martha Manikas-Foster how Ratio Christi students develop Critical Thinking skills and apply it to strengthening the basis for their faith personally, and with people of other worldviews. Read a great synopsis and hear the podcast. With over 70 radio outlets across New York and Pennsylvania plus online streaming and publications, Family Life has a mission to strengthen families and individuals through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ratio Christi Sides Against Outrageous Abortion Campaign
October 27, 2014 | Campus Reform, an online site for college news, has exposed a Mid-October event at The University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus. The event celebrated “abortion heroes,” including those who performed illegal abortions before legalization, and was sponsored by the school’s LGBTQIA Resource Office along with the Women’s Studies and Resource Center. The university also used taxpayer dollars to promote and hold this one-sided affair favoring abortion.
Campus Reform interviewed students and faculty who spoke up against this event, including Madison Marston, student president of Ratio Christi's chapter at UNCW. Marston stated, "The LGBTQIA and [WSRC] have put on many events like this in the past using taxpayers’ dollars to not only bring awareness to the feminist movement but to campaign and celebrate abortion.” She also said the leaders of these groups never acknowledge the pro-life and adoption viewpoint.
Dr. Mike Adams, a criminology professor at UNCW, told Campus Reform that the school's consistent backing of only one side of this issue is a violation of a previous Supreme Court college decision, and expounded on more of the school's violations that favor the adamant abortion campaigners.
We encourage our readers to take the time to read the story linked above as an example of the extreme liberal agendas being promoted at universities.
David Limbaugh Endorses Ratio Christi on YouTube
After speaking at our Annual Symposium Dinner on October 11, 2014 and spending time with our attending members and other presenters, David Limbaugh endorsed Ratio Christi on YouTube. He tells how important and impactful our training can be in today's culture. See the full video here at our President's Blog. Limbaugh, an attorney, is the author of the new book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.
RC's President Rick Schenker on "Beyond Words" with Dr. William Campbell
Hear Ratio Christi's President Rick Schenker explain our Mission, what our students learn, and how they can relate it to today's cultural issues on "Beyond Words" radio program with Dr. William Campbell. The discussion took place live on October 6, 2014, in Hendersonville, N.C. and can now be heard online.
Ratio Christi one of "Three Effective Apologetics Models for Motivation" on Apologetics.com
Schenker was also featured talking about Ratio Christi on "3 Effective Apologetics Models for Your Motivation" at Apologetics.com Radio, September 27, 2014. We are thankful to host Jeremy Livermore for including Ratio Christi in this group of three apologetics movements, where he also interviewed Rodney Lake of Thinking Matters in New Zealand and David Illman of Christian Heritage at Cambridge University in the UK. Scroll down past the descriptions to the download, where you can fast-forward to RC's Schenker beginning at about 43 minutes. However, the other two gentlemen also have very good insight into Western civilization's current cultural void of truth and the need for Christian apologetics.
RC Boosters' Director Julie D. Loos Talks with Stand To Reason's Greg Koukl
Julie D Loos, Director of Ratio Christi's Boosters division, was interviewed Sept. 30, 2014 by Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason on his radio broadcast. Koukl and his ministry have been longtime front-runners in the apologetics movement. He is the author of the popular Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions among other books. Julie and Greg chatted live at his California radio station. This interview is now available by podcast or MP3 at STR.org: Scroll down on this page to listen.
Article about Ratio Christi in Salvo Magazine
Salvo Magazine featured an article about Ratio Christi in their Fall 2014 issue. "Reason Renaissance: Ratio Christi" by writer Terrell Clemmons discusses the foundation of Ratio Christi, how we started, and the exponential factor involved in creating new evangelists through teaching apologetics on college campuses. Clemmons relates an incident where Rich Porter, Director of our chapter at Middlesex Community College, stood up after a Sunday matinee showing of the movie "God's Not Dead" and invited audience members to get familiar with Ratio Christi! Salvo is a Christian magazine which readers receive by subscription. Details in how to subscribe are at this page of the magazine's website.
RC President Rick Schenker Interviewed on BBN Radio Network
Go to this MP3 interview to hear RC's President, Rick Schenker, discuss Ratio Christi with Bible Broadcasting Network's host Hank Farrior on "Weekend Connection" from 9/13/14. This was broadcast across BBN's network of stations. Thanks to Hank and BBN Manager Jason Padgett for giving Rick a chance to explain what we do at Ratio Christi.
Ratio Christi Revisits Called2Action Radio Show
Earlier this year, RC President Rick Schenker was interviewed on Called2Action Radio by Ben LaCorte who was sitting in for regular host Steve Noble (see a previous entry below). C2A was so impressed with Ratio Christi's mission that Noble wanted a chance to re-interview Schenker himself. This time, they were joined by Josh McDowell, a forerunner of the apologetics movement and author of such best-selling books as More than a Carpenter and Evidence That Demands a Verdict. McDowell revealed how excited he was to be the Keynote Speaker at the culminating Dinner during RC's upcoming Annual Symposium and Student Retreat (Oct 10-12, 2014). He described his relationship with Ratio Christi:
"Well my relationship with them is that I’m one of their biggest fans. I thank God for Intervarsity, Navigators, Cru—whom I’m with. And boy, do I thank God for Ratio Christi because they have that enthusiasm, they have that intellectual know how and knowledge to pass on the why’s of our faith to students. I believe they are doing something that is not really being done in the universities right now by anyone else. And I want to be behind it."
It's not too late to hear this great interview! Listen to the podcast by clicking here - September 23, 2014, "Teaching Christian Students to Think with Ratio Christi."